Five generations and 167 years later Yalumba, Australia's most historic family owned winery, has grown in size and stature, embodying all that has made the Australian wine success story the envy of winemakers the world over.
Located near the town of Angaston, South Australia in the Barossa Valley wine region. Yalumba was founded by a British brewer, Samuel Smith, who emigrated to Australia with his family from Wareham, Dorset in August 1847 aboard the ship 'China'. Upon arriving in Australia in December, Smith built a small house on the banks of the River Torrens. He lived there less than a year before moving north to Angaston where he purchased a 30-acre (120,000 m2) block of land on the settlement's south eastern boundary. He named his property "Yalumba" after an indigenous Australian word for "all the land around". In 1849 Samuel Smith, along with his son Sidney, planted Yalumba's first vineyards, beginning the Yalumba dynasty. Today Yalumba is Australia's oldest family-owned winery.
Yalumba has pioneered the growing and making of Viognier in Australia since 1980. With over 30 years of viticultural and winemaking experience working with this alluring variety. This wine is the essence of what Viognier is all about.
The Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro are picked separately for this wine and wild fermented in small batches - some in oak vats and some in stainless steel. The subsequent wines are matured for 11 months in new French oak hogsheads (13%), and the balance in old French, Hungarian and American oak hogsheads, French oak barriques and puncheons, allowing the wines to develop without the influence of a lot of oak flavour while increasing texture and complexity.
Vibrant ruby red in colour, the wine is highly aromatic with layers of boysenberry, rhubarb, crushed rose petals and cinnamon. The palate is juicy and bright with blueberry flavours and chocolaty tannins.
Enjoy with Kung Pao Chicken or pad Thai with golden fried tofu.